One of the guys I work with arrived early this afternoon to a surprise that his frameset had arrived earlier than expected from Italy. As one of the most interesting people to work with in the industry I have met, I waited for his reaction to opening the box, eagerly handing scissors to cut the packaging. It had been three months of waiting. This is the first one to hit the United States. It’s a limited edition Pinarello Dogma Think 2 65HM1K World Champion Edition frameset. As far as I am concerned, there are lighter framesets out there and maybe even more elaborate paint jobs, but combine the two and you have this Dogma. I installed the headset bearing, races, and spacers and ziptied the steerer tube so we could set it up for some photos.
For those of you reading who have never ridden a Pinarello Dogma (particularly I mention the Dogma due to its reputation above the other frames in Pinarello’s lineup, all of which, of course are also very good framesets), I would like you to envision the coolest tech gadget or hobby or passion you have and think of what the absolute best version of that in the entire world would be. Got it? This is one of the best designed bicycle frames in the entire world. I was really happy to be there at the right time to see it. The asymmetric carbon frame is made by a company called Torayca. Their use of Pinarello’s designed 65HM1K carbon fiber with Nanoalloy construction alloys them to create extremely responsive feel and strength in their frames. For instance, carbon fiber ribbing stretches down the downtube near the bottom bracket on just the drive side to reinforce the unequal power distribution in the frame between right-side thrust (drive) + pull on chain and the left-side thrust (non-drive) + pull on chain. Classic breaks on many carbon frames of the past have been implemented into the design to be reinforced in these areas as well, creating something truly race worthy or simply as the ultimate thrill of flying down descents and roads with less fatigue, better performance, and comfort all the way through.
It’s a beautiful frame in both form and function. If you find an opportunity to ride one, do it. Let’s put it this way, “I really hate my Pinarello. It really just doesn’t ride well and I’ve had so many problems with it” … said no one ever in my experience…